[Loadstone] updated Beginners Guide to Loadstone

Aedan O'Meara aomeara at iol.ie
Tue Sep 12 14:23:02 BST 2006

Beginners Guide to Loadstone.
by Aedan O'Meara.

1. After installing the software package, find the program on your phone
2. Select "open" under the Options menu. 
3. After opening, you will find the following under Options:

If you have no satellite receiver attached then you will be offered the
Exploration Mode
Auto announce ON
Position  sub menu
Label cell
Enter point
Record memo
Play memo

Position will only refer to "Cell"

If you have a satellite receiver attached then you will be offered: 
Exploration mode/Navigation
 mode Auto announce ON 
Find point (only in Exploration mode after points have been stored) 
Position sub menu 
Label point Label cell 
enter point 
Record memo 
Play memo 

Back to start menu:
second option is
File sub menu:
Load points list
Import database
Export sub menu
Load database
Start logging

Back to start menu
Third option
GPS sub menu
Connect default GPS
Find GPS

back to start menu
Fourth option
Gives details of version.

The next step is to start making points. These can be imported from the
Loadstone web site or made by you wherever you like. Be sure your
satellite receiver is on and properly setup under the connectivity
settings on your phone. The usual code for pairing the GPS to your phone
is "000". Open Loadstone. You are automatically in "Navigation mode". Go
to the Functions option in the Start menu and arrow once to the right
This will announce "Exploration mode" as an option to change to,
indicating that you are currently in "Navigation mode". Then arrow down
three times to "Label point" Select this and you will be prompted to
enter a name for the point. You may add further detail if you wish by
arrowing down to the subsequent fields in this area. When finished
select options on the phone function1 key. You will be offered two
options here: 
1. Save from commencement (of typing) 
2. Save from current. 
The first will save the latitude and longitude references for the point
as they were when you started typing in the details. The second will
save these coordinates to those now current which may not be the same as
above if you are on a bus or train. This way build up a database of
points of interest in your area. This general database is different to a
further function which is to create routes and save these.

Making routes:
To do this you must first of all " mark" chosen points.
This requires you to first change from "Navigation mode" to "Exploration
mode" by pressing the 
phones select key on the first item to the right in the Functions
Remember the spoken title here is what you can change to, not what is
current. This is a toggle. 
Once in Exploration mode you will now find a new command under
"Functions" called "Find point" 
Using this by typing whole or part of a name, or using the numberic keys
1 to 9 bring a 
chosen point into focus. 
Note that the point referred to when you press the arrow keys is not
necessarily in focus for 
this function and pressing "Star" to "Mark/Unmark//" will not work
unless the name is spoken 
by the numeric keys. 
You may now press the "Star" key, bottom left, to "Mark" or "unmark"this
You may also press the Hash key, bottom right, to enter update mode for
the point in 
question wherein you may edit all settings. 
Caution: If your GPS receiver is attached then upon pressing your
options key you will be 
given three options instead of only "update" to save to. 
these are 
1. Save to commencement.(of typing) 
2. save current. 
3. Update. 
To retain your original latitude and longitude only choose "update". 
You may also delete a point here by going to "Delete Point" under

As soon as you mark your first point new options appear on the Functions
sub menu You will now 
notice "Route on" and "point on". 
Remember these are not "on" until selected.
After marking all points of interest for your route go to "File" on the
start menu. 
Here you will see new options as well and choose Save point list to
store your route. 
Upon entering this you will be offered a "slash sign" or "new file".
Choose the latter and 
enter a file name for your route. All your currently marked points but
no others will now be 
saved into this file. After turning off the program and re-entering it,
you will have to 
"Load" this file in again to get back your route. 
Without doing this the program will automatically bring in its general
database of unmarked 
points that you have previously made but none of these will be "auto
If you turn on the "auto announce" option under "Functions" then a
regular 5 second 
announcement of your progress towards the nearest point, not necessarily
a marked one, will be 
announced. as you travel towards it. 
A nice feature of this program is that no matter what mode you are in,
if you press any arrow key 
you will be told the nearest point of interest to you in that direction.

Remember uparrow is always the direction you are heading in unless you
have set 
"points" to "Cardinal" in the main settings, in which case it will be
always northerly. 
If there is no point in that direction or if the point is out of range
then you will be told 
"No point found". 
Another feature is that in "Navigation mode" all the numeric keys report
different information 
about your position. 
These are: 
1. Speed of travel and compass heading 
2. Accuracy(A feature of the GPS) 
3. GPS fix 
4. Altitude 
5. Latitude 
6. Longitude 
7. Number of visible satellites. 
8. Label cell name 
9. Current cell name 
Star. Atomic clock time(gmt unless corrected in main settings) 
0. Toggle Exploration and Navigation modes 
Number. Label current point.

It can be very confusing when changing mode from Navigation to
Exploration mode under the 
Functions sub menu, as Talks calls the mode that you may next change to
and this could 
be thought to be the current mode which it is not.
Sometimes Talks speaks the last state just after you have changed it. 
This out of place echoing could lead to confusion as to whether the
change you want has 
actually taken place. i.e "not connected" just after it connects to your

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